Anyone else remember the days as a kid of shopping for new school clothes? As a clothes horse, I loved it. As a mom, I can’t help but tally up the cost of new school supplies, jeans, dance clothes, a second pair of sneakers for school…it adds up fast! My solution? Find what I can at resale events. Why pay full price for that pair of sneakers that sits on the shelf at school on the off-chance my child forgets to wear some on a P.E. day? Same with buying snow pants that (if we’re lucky) are only worn once or twice before they’re outgrown?
Resale events are great for any of these items, as well as a gently used bike, pack-n-play for Grandma’s house, or even that pair of jeans you were waiting to go on sale but never did at that way-too-overpriced retail store.
A couple tips for resale events:
- Although you may bring your children (unless posted), I find it difficult it to shop with them underfoot. With tables and tables of toys, it’s next to impossible to have them try on a raincoat. I sometimes bring them along to pick out one toy and then have my husband whisk them away so I can power shop.
- Before you go, verify your kids’ clothing sizes…including shoe size. A trick I learned: trace your child’s foot on paper and cut around the shape. Bring the cutout with you. Slip it inside shoes to see if the shoes will fit.
- Bring a list of items to look for: that game you don’t want to buy at full price, dress shoes, snow pants, a rain jacket, etc. Some events are pretty crowded and it’s easier if you have a game plan beforehand.
Fall Resale Events in (and around) Lake County
Please note that events are listed chronologically. Each event has their own rules and many only take cash or charge admission. Please be sure to look at each specific event’s criteria before heading out.
Here is a list of items found at most of these sales:
- clothing (sizes infant – teen)
- maternity clothing
- dress clothing (holiday dresses, suits, dress shirts)
- toys (doll houses, ride-on toys, American Girl dolls, action figures)
- indoor play sets (play kitchens, puppet theaters, and Lego tables)
- video games, DVDs, CDs
- shoes (dress shoes, sandals, sneakers, slippers)
- winter wear (jackets, snow pants, boots)
- baby equipment (strollers, diaper bags, breast pumps, pack-n-plays, high chairs)
- furniture (toddler beds, children’s dressers)
- outdoor toys (wagons, ride-on toys, toddler picnic tables)
- sports equipment (gloves, bats, baseball pants, helmets, hockey skates)
- dance clothing (leotards, tutus, ballet slippers, tap shoes)
- books (board books, picture books, chapter books, novels, parenting books)
Note: Most, if not all, events will not have cribs and car seats for sale.
Posh Tot’s Fall/Winter Sale
268 E. Golf Rd., Arlington Heights
13 Sept., 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. (New Mom Presale—need to preregister starting Aug. 27)
14 Sept., 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
15 Sept., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
16 Sept., 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (many items half off)
Looking for name brand clothing? They only sell those in-demand brands at this sale. They will accept cash, credit card, and Paypal. No admission fee.
Double Take Mother of Twins Club
Thomas Middle School, 1430 N Belmont Ave., Arlington Heights
15 Sept., 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
You may bring a laundry basket; no bags or boxes. $1 admission fee. Credit cards or cash accepted (no checks).
Growing Cents of Style
Canlan Sportsplex, 28156 W. Northpointe Pkwy., Lake Barrington
21 Sept., 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. (New and expecting moms presale for no fee. Register in advance.)
22 Sept., 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
23 Sept., 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
This sale has name brand clothing only. They will also have vendors. Bring your own bags (those large Ikea bags work nicely). Strollers are not allowed. No admission fee. Credit cards or cash accepted (no checks).
Special Needs Equipment Sale
22 September, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Laremont School, 17934 W. Gages Lake Road, Gages Lake
Do you have something to sell or donate that would benefit a child with special needs? Are you looking for sensory toys, standers, walkers, wheelchairs, strollers, adaptive bikes, and more? This two hour sale will allow you to sell and buy for the special person in your life. Costs will remain low and proceeds will benefit the children of Laremont School. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or be a seller.
Lake County Mothers of Twins Club Resale Event
Round Lake Beach Cultural & Civic Center, 2007 Civic Center Way, Round Lake Beach
6 Oct., 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., $2 cash admission.
Strollers are not allowed inside the resale. Credit cards and cash accepted (expect to pay a small fee if using a credit card). If you are interested in being a seller, email email@example.com.
Big Hollow Fall Resale
Big Hollow Primary School, 33335 N. Fish Lake Rd., Ingleside
12 Oct., 3:30 – 8:00 p.m.
13 Oct., 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (marked items are half-price)
Lots of parking. Accepts cash, checks, and credit cards. Bring your own bag.
Butterfield Family Association’s Clothing and Toy Sale
Butterfield School, 1441 W. Lake St., Libertyville
12 October, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
13 October, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The entire gym at Butterfield School is filled with clothing (sizes infant to 18), shoes, costumes (and toys). They do allow you to hold items so you don’t have to tote around a bike with you as you shop. Cash and credit card are accepted.
Just Between Friends Schaumburg
Soccer City Indoor Sports Facility, 545 S Consumers Ave., Palatine
11 Oct., 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. *Invitation Only* (New parents, teachers, military: click here for tickets)
12 Oct., 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (Click here for your free pass)
12 Oct., 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 pm.
13 Oct., 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 pm.
14 Oct., 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. *half price select items*
They are happy to accept cash, debit cards, Visa, Mastercard or Discover credit cards for payment. FREE parking & admission available at the location!
Millburn Kids Resale
Millburn Middle School, 640 Freedom Way, Lindenhurst
19 Oct., 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
20 Oct., 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (half price on yellow-tagged items only)
No admission fee. Credit cards are accepted ($1.00 fee).
Resale and Consignment Shops in Lake County
Here is a list of some of the resale/consignment shops in and around Lake County.
Green Kids Resale
833 E. Rollins Rd., Round Lake Beach | (847) 986-6232
Green Kids has a wonderful selection of children’s (and maternity) clothing, shoes, costumes, coats, and books. They have a dressing room and a play area with books and toys to keep your little ones occupied while you shop. They offer a 10% discount to military and foster families and to teachers (just bring identification with you). While the prices are already low, they have a clearance area: buy three items, get one item free. Green Kids is also a major distributor of Melissa & Doug items (and if you join their email list, you’ll know when there are 25% off sales).
Principessa Children’s Boutique
453 Roger Williams Ave., Highland Park | (847) 926-0500
This upscale consignment shop is located in Ravinia’s downtown. Principessa carries hundreds of Lululemon and Ivivva items. And, if you have a teen, note that they carry tons of party dresses…perfect for Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. They also have new gift items.
Renew Family Consignment
1750 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville | (847) 573-1513
Renew is not just a children’s consignment shop (they also sell beautiful furniture pieces and home decor); however, they have a great selection of dance and sportswear—especially dance shoes (tap, ballet, and jazz)—as well as American Girl dolls and accessories.
Repeat Street Consignment Boutique
401 N. Route 21, #26, Gurnee | (847) 596-2203
Repeat Street carries children’s clothing, shoes, books, toys, and baby gear. There are a lot of popular brands: Matilda Jane, Mini Boden, and Justice, to name a few. They also have dressing rooms. Sign up for their e-newsletter to learn about sales.
And if you’re trying to clean out your own supply of endless clothing, books, and shoes, all of the resale/consignment stores and many of the events accept new consignors. Go to their websites to find out more.
Did we miss your favorite resale/consignment shop or sale? Tell us in the comments!